Government commitment to improving services for the most vulnerable in society – Minister Pat Breen.

April 24th, 2017 - Pat Breen

Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has described the visit by Minister of State at the Department of Health for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee to Clare and the Mid West as a strong indication of the Government’s commitment to improving services for the most vulnerable in society.

Minister Breen said, “Mental health and elderly care have continuously been neglected and under resourced by previous administrations. Therefore as the economy improves it is essential that we look at prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable in our society, and improving vital services.”

“There is a mammoth task ahead to get all such services up to a standard we can be proud of, but today we are moving forward in the right direction,” he added.

Connecting for Life.

“The launch of Connecting for Life Mid West 2017 – 2020 is a positive step towards suicide prevention and self harm, not least due to the collaborative approach been taken here in the Mid West with three counties supporting each other,” said the Clare minister of state.

“Successfully tackling the number of deaths by suicide in our country every year cannot be achieved in isolation, therefore I believe the approach been taken here in the Mid West is reflective of the principals of the prevention programme.

“Connecting for Life Mid West has brought together a HSE chaired steering group of 55 people representing 41 different agencies to help tackle one of the most devastating issues in Ireland today. I believe with the support of the community we can achieve a lot through this programme, especially if we continue to promote good mental health in the community, at school and in the work place,” added Minister Breen.

“To this end last month the State Claims Agency, Health & Safety Authority and CISM Network Ireland launched the first psychosocial critical incident risk management process in Europe, entitled WorkPositive,” added the minister with responsibility for the HSA, which has included the promotion of positive mental health in the workplace as one of its current strategic goals.

“The easy to use online tool can help employers and employees deal with potential stressors arising from on-going systemic issues. It can also assist organisations at a more general level to identify and better manage psychosocial risks in the workplace,” continued Minister Breen.

Cuan an Chláir.

“I am delighted that the additional €170,000 is being provided so that the Cuan an Chláir Day Care Centre can open and provide a place of care and inclusion for our older community, while also allowing carers day respite,” said Minister Breen.

“While acknowledging the support of the HSE and welcoming on board the expertise of Clarecare, I would like to congratulate Cuan an Chlár on a decade of hard work and dedication that ensured a state of the art Daycare Centre is available to the people of Ennis. I now look forward to May 2, when the day care centre will open.”

Raheen Community Nursing Unit.

“Raheen Community Nursing Unit prides itself on providing a person centred ethos and philosophy of care. The Brian Boru Suite has been designed in a way that reflects that ethos and enhances the residents’ abilities to live a meaningful life, with dignity and privacy,” said Minister Pat Breen.

“The work undertaken also ensures residents have more room and opportunities to meet with their relatives privately in a homely setting in the existing building, while the enclosed garden will afford residents the opportunity to enjoy a safe outdoor space.”

“This first phase of the overall project is a testament to what can be achieved when the HSE works in conjunction with the local community, and I would therefore like to congratulate and indeed thank the Raheen Hospital Support Group for their commitment, dedication and relentless work over the last number of years,” added the Clare minister of state.

“I am satisfied that the next phase of the project is already progressing and look forward to the day when we are gathered again to celebrate its completion.”